Try This Road

Just joking. Don't


Welcome abroad, lil’ stranger!
This fabulous web page was created with the only purpose to spread wisdom of Karina Abdusalamova around the globe.

It’s a travelogue about how not to travel.

So what you are gonna find here is:

Some real awkward guides to BogotaMexico City and Valparaiso

Stunning interviews with the most interesting people of the world like a Colombian garbage man, radical feminists from Bolivia and my best friend Jake

Music investigations like the one about the first punk band in a history of human kind Los Saicos

Manuals on everything, starting from how to find a boat to hitchhike across the ocean, or across the land to how to try weird shit  and not to die

Some reports from spicy dangerous countries like Honduras

What else.. anniversary posts are the sentimental part of the blog. Take a look at them, too

The wisdom spreader studied journalism in Moscow, had a successful start of the career in PR for a local Museum of Modern Art, but tried that road and it worked like crack, there was no way back.

If you have any questions/suggestions write me on

Hope you’ll have an enjoyable wasting of your time here!

A hug, KarinaCaption-This-Hairy-Back


18 comments on “About

  1. Peter W Davies
    July 24, 2013

    Did you check out the old beat haunts in Mexico City? Here’s a link to my visit to their favored neighborhoods as part of my Mexico City Metro Project.. Sounds like you’re on a great adventure – enjoy!

    • abdkarina
      July 25, 2013

      checked the link out. dude, it`s really fascinating. thanks for sharing

  2. Peter W Davies
    October 19, 2013

    have to say that your writing is amongst the most engaging that I have found on blogs.. (wow, sounds like spam..but I really wrote it!) the Latin American content wins me over every time, brought me your way – the Beat influences certainly shine through – you’re writing in a foreign tongue too! but your writing has brought me back and made me look out for your next posts – you’re on the money, the ball and the pulse and that’s the way I like it – keep it going.. SALU2

    • abdkarina
      October 20, 2013

      Dude, you know, thats something I dreamt to hear when I started my blog. Now thanx to ur words I`m living my dream. I mean, really, thank you!

  3. Alex
    October 22, 2013

    And thinking that I did not want to travel around the world till I will save US$30-40K (whatever the definition of what is enough money) …reading your story makes me want to drop everything and leave…Did you really do thousands of miles on 250 euros? Do you have a tent? What do you carry with you? Tons of luck, best adventures, keep writing and I hope to catch up with you on the road one day. Alex.

    • abdkarina
      November 18, 2013

      Hey Alex! It`s so great to hear from you. But, dude, I totally suck compared to those fellas –
      I had a tent before but it was way to heavy so I get rid of it after Tikal. When I was leaving SF one day before it I went to City Lights Bookstore and it was a mistake. So instead of some useful items I had books and dresses. Now I`m getting more rational and wise with my backpack issues but still there is a lot of stuff missing and many things I don`t really need in my backpack. That actually proves that you can survive even being as weird and irresponsible as I am. So the only one thing I can say is go ahead!

  4. Wahyu Adityo Prodjo
    October 23, 2013

    what a great blog.. i like to read your blog.. very interesting topics.. i also have travel blog, i write about travel destination in Indonesia.. let’s come to my blog.. nice to meet you. 🙂

    • abdkarina
      November 18, 2013

      thanx a lot. I checked this out but I couldn`t really read it. Do you have pieces in eng?

  5. John Burke
    January 5, 2014

    dude i’m loving this blog. I’m not generally a blog reader but I think i’m hooked here.

    • abdkarina
      July 16, 2014

      thanx John! I will try to keep it entertaining!)

  6. Gotcha
    January 27, 2016

    I left home October 2012 and havent been back or made it out of Los Americas. Mexico I spent more than a year in, my favorite place tambien. Your writings and experiences are the first genuine ones I have read. Your interpertation of the uninteresting traveler is so correct. I wish I would met people like you during my travels or you yourself.

    • abdkarina
      January 27, 2016

      damn, I wish I received feedback like that more often)
      Thank you so much! what does an uninteresting traveler mean btw?

      • Gotcha
        January 27, 2016

        The person who has been so many places, but doesnt have a story worth a damn.

  7. Wandering Shash
    April 8, 2018

    I have to stop by and say that I find your style of writing incredibly insightful and delightfully written – Are you still wandering around Latin America?

    • Abddb..what?
      April 9, 2018

      Thanks man! Not so much of wandering recently: it’s been around 2 years and a half since I settled down in Mexico City.

      • Wandering Shash
        April 12, 2018

        Odd, I swear I replied to this the other day! Do you still write, or you’ve hung up your hat now that you’re settled in Mexico City? My girlfriend and I will be trying to hitchhike North from Guadalajara – I noticed you mentioned hitching as a couple in Mexico can be pretty tiring – did that depend more on the area, or just in general? I figured that we’re far enough away from the Guatemalan border to not have the issues you did with drug related suspicion.
        Also, she’s also from Moscow, and she noted that it’s really awesome to see/read about a Russian hitchhiking/wandering and breaking the mould in the way you do!

  8. Abddb..what?
    April 12, 2018

    well, I do write, but it’s a different kind of writing now since I don’t live on the road anymore. If you need any particular advice or some more info, write me or add me on Facebook.

    I didn’t write much on hitchhiking in Russia cause I did it only once travelling to Finland with my friend, but if she wanna read some stuff I wrote in Russian, here she can find some good shit

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